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Analyzing Key Changes in the Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant: 2014 to 2015

Posted by Hormazd Romer

We are thrilled to be positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the 2015 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS), for the second year in a row. 

A lot has changed in the EFSS market between 2014 and 2015. The space has gained more visibility, customers' needs have evolved, the technology has improved (in many cases), and more providers have emerged to compete for wallet share. Let's take a closer look at what has changed.   

Gartner’s 2015 Magic Quadrant for EFSS is very reflective of key changes in the market. First, as the market evolves, fewer vendors have made the cut as viable players in this space. For example, of the approximately 140 companies in the EFSS market place, this year only 16 vendors qualified for the Magic Quadrant versus 19 last year. We expect this trend to continue into next year, putting pressure on all vendors. In other words, getting onto the Magic Quadrant one year doesn't guarantee you a spot the following year. While there were some newcomers this year like Ctera Networks, Thru and Varonis, there were some notable names missing, including: Novell, ownCloud, Workshare, Alfresco, Hightail, and even IBM.

Second, we have started seeing more consolidation and market exits. Most prominent in 2015 was EMC giving up on the EFSS market and spinning off Syncplicity to a private equity firm. Apparently Syncplicity did not add enough value to EMC's core focus on storage for EMC to continue investing in the business. However, that’s more of a misalignment of business models and buying centers than a reflection on Syncplicity or the EFSS market. We also saw WatchDox get gobbled up by BlackBerry. Some smaller players that did not make the Magic Quadrant were also acquired. Whether other smaller players won't have what it takes to survive or larger companies in adjacent markets acquire into the space, the landscape will continue to shift ahead of the 2016 Magic Quadrant.

Third, none of the “big boys,” i.e. Microsoft, Google, or Dropbox were able to move into the Leaders quadrant in 2015. In fact for Microsoft, the news was even more disappointing as they lost valuable ground in the Magic Quadrant, falling further behind the leaders in this space.

Overall, Accellion is extremely proud and excited to be the only vendor in the Leaders quadrant with a 100% Private Cloud solution. As security, data sovereignty, and compliance continue to become higher business priorities, we passionately believe the private cloud offers the best combination of control and user experience that organizations need today and in the foreseeable future.